I’m sitting front row in the best show in town. If you don’t know the story of our church yet, you need to know something: we’ve got some serious challenges in front of us.
At the very top of that list is the fact that we are a group of sinners whose only redeeming quality is the fact that Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross, and has made peace between us and God (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). Together, we’re studying His word each week to learn how to repent of our sins and follow Jesus in our everyday life. And trust me, following Jesus isn’t easy. Jesus actually compares it to taking up “your cross daily and following me.” (Luke 9:23)
Further down that list of challenges is the fact that as of right now, the cost of leaving our former denomination is astronomically high compared to what is on our church bank account. Honestly, it’s not far-fetched to think that within 2-3 years, the cost of joining the EPC could bankrupt our church.
But instead of discouraging me, this emboldens me in a way that I’m not sure I fully understand yet. Maybe I love a good challenge, or maybe I love the fact that there’s no humanly-possible reason this church will survive unless God Himself delivers us. And that, more than anything, is what I can’t wait to see happen.
So as the pastor, I get to sit front row and watch God deliver His Church. Each day I get to talk to my Father—my Father is radically for me and for His glory in our town—and say, “I can’t wait to see what you do with this. Your Gospel changes lives and communities, and I can’t wait to see Your glory here.”
*This the first of a 5-week series on What God Wants for the River City Church